Two Glorious Weeks in Buenos Aires
14.03.2012 - 28.04.2012
Once again I apologize for the delay in this post. Internet access has been plentiful and I simply cannot make any legitimate excuses. In other words, I just got lazy and didn't feel like doing it. But here it comes, a detailed account of our two week stay in the capital of Argentina!
We took an overnight bus from Salta and arrived in Buenos Aires on the 14th of March. We immediately found our apartment, met with our landlord, and removed the heavy packs from our oh so weary shoulders. Our apartment looked exactly as it did in the pictures. A wonderful two bedroom, fully furnished, air conditioned apartment with a kitchen, cable television, hot water, and a toilet you could actually flush toilet paper down! It may not seem exciting to you pampered North Americans, but after a couple of months in South America such things were luxuries. We were so comfortable my dear readers. We seemed to melt into our beds, the cool air blowing through our clean (for the first time in months) hair, feasting on home-cooked meals made with ingredients bought from legitimate grocery stores. We all sighed relief as we once again had access to all the pleasures of the first world. In fact, we got so comfortable that it became slightly difficult to motivate ourselves to leave the apartment at all! There was not a day where we managed to leave our home before two in the afternoon, and to be honest, there were several days where some or all of us didn't leave at all. Listen to this tale my dear readers of the first world! Trust not the comforts of your homes, for they plan to draw you in and hold you there until all motivation and passion has left what will then be a obese and bedridden body.
That may have been slightly melodramatic. In truth we weren't that unmotivated, and we did do a lot of different things. We spent many days just wandering around the city taking in the sights, one of my favorite travel activities. We went to an English movie theatre for the first time since leaving Canada to see The Hunger Games movie. We visited the fancy graveyard full of spooky crypts and mausoleums. We checked out an old movie theatre that had been converted into a bookstore. We visited a Sunday antique market. We visited the local zoo... one of the bears even waved at me! We went shopping... a lot. Being the only man present I also spent a lot of time standing outside shops complaining and demanding attention from my female companions. We attempted to visit one of the most renowned opera houses in the world, but there was some slight confusion about the date of the fee performance (basically, I failed to actually read the date printed on the ticket) and we missed our chance to see a musical venue that in Pavarotti's words was perfect in every way, the only fault being that a singer can hear his every mistake. We spent a lot of time with Georgia's parents who were also in Buenos Aires for a week and a half, and got invited to some of their friends' fancy cocktail party at the most extravagant apartment I've ever seen. And lastly, we played a lot, and I mean a lot, of kaiser.
So there you have it my dear readers. Not only did we relish the comforts of our new home, we also gallivanted about the city taking in the sights, sounds, and flavours of a truly beautiful city. If there is one place on this trip I would most love to revisit, it would without a doubt be Buenos Aires. It's a lovely mix between Europe and South America with obvious influences from a variety of cultures. The only downfall is the rampant inflation that Argentina has been experiencing over the last few years, and thus, it is quite expensive. But still, it was the perfect place to hunker down for a couple of weeks, unpack our bags, wash our grubby bodies, and enjoy one of the finest cities that South America has to offer.